RIM to launch 10-inch BlackBerry PlayBook this fall; OS 7 devices delayed?

By on May 4, 2011 at 4:57 PM.

RIM to launch 10-inch BlackBerry PlayBook this fall; OS 7 devices delayed?

With BlackBerry World 2011 coming to a close, you knew there had to be some unannounced news waiting to come out of the conference, right? We have been told by multiple sources that RIM is planning on releasing its followup to the BlackBerry PlayBook around the holidays this year. That’s clearly less than a year from the April launch of the original PlayBook — and the 4G versions aren’t even out yet — but there is a key differentiating factor here… the screen size. It’s entire possibly that RIM wants to play in both segments of the tablet market, and the PlayBook 2 could probably be thought of as an additional PlayBook model as opposed to the second-generation tablet. We have been told this tablet will be in the 10-inch range as opposed to the current model, which sports a 7-inch screen. The first model is selling pretty well according to some analysts, and a bigger version of the tablet along with an update OS that includes an email client, BBM and more could really hit the sweet spot. That’s all we have on the upcoming PlayBook 2, but hit the break for some details on BlackBerry OS 7. More →

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Apple exploring 6-inch iPad for Fall 2011, report claims

By on February 18, 2011 at 6:12 PM.

Apple exploring 6-inch iPad for Fall 2011, report claims

It’s a bit hard to believe that Apple might be in the midst of testing a trimmed down iPad for a possible release in the fall, especially considering CEO Steve Jobs’ past remarks that 7-inch tablets were “dead on arrival.” Apple has a long history of flip-flopping when it comes to its iOS devices, however, so we certainly shouldn’t rule anything out. With that in mind, Apple enthusiast blog SuperApple.cz reports that Apple is currently testing iPad tablets with screen sizes just under 6 inches. The blog offers no hard evidence or additional details of substance, though it claims to have confirmed its report with two independent sources. Rumors of Apple working on a product sized between the iPad and iPhone have surfaced several times in the past, and it is not unreasonable to think Apple is testing a smaller iPad right now. Whether or not the device is actually slated for release this fall, however, remains to be seen. More →

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